Manatí, Puerto Rico

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Manatí, Puerto Rico
Flag of Manatí, Puerto Rico
Coat of arms of Manatí, Puerto Rico
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Nickname(s): "Ciudad Metropolitana", "La Atenas de Puerto Rico"
Anthem: "Atenas de Borinquen"
Location of Manatí in Puerto Rico
Location of Manatí in Puerto Rico
Coordinates: 18°25′57″N 66°29′4″W / 18.43250°N 66.48444°W / 18.43250; -66.48444Coordinates: 18°25′57″N 66°29′4″W / 18.43250°N 66.48444°W / 18.43250; -66.48444
CountryUnited States
TerritoryPuerto Rico
 • MayorJosé Sánchez González (PNP)
 • Senatorial dist.3 - Arecibo
 • Representative dist.12, 13
 • Total56.19 sq mi (145.53 km2)
 • Land50 sq mi (120 km2)
 • Water9.86 sq mi (25.53 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total44,113
 • Density790/sq mi (300/km2)
Time zoneUTC−4 (AST)
Zip code00674

Manatí (Spanish pronunciation: [manaˈti], Manatee) is a municipality of Puerto Rico (U.S.) on the northern coast, north of Morovis and Ciales; east of Florida and Barceloneta; and west of Vega Baja. Manatí is spread over 8 wards and Manatí Pueblo (The downtown area and the administrative center of the city). It is part of the San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Manatí was founded in 1799 by Don Pedro Menendez Valdes. The Iglesia Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria church was built in the seventeenth century and is still standing in its original spot.[1] Manati is known as La Ciudad Metropolitana (The Metropolitan City), and also as La Atenas de Puerto Rico, (The Athens of Puerto Rico).[2] It is named after a sea mammal, the manatee (which are also known as sea cows).

During those early years, the Mayor of the town was Jose Aulet. Juan Ponce de León picked the Manatí leg of the Manuatabón River as the first area to pan for gold.[1] The Aulet family owned lands rich in pineapples, sugar cane, and green bananas. The Aulets sold the land to the government in 1985.

In 1853 the region shifted from mining to an expansion of agriculture, particularly cultivation and processing of sugar cane. The demand for and price of sugar remained high in international markets. The main commodity crop was sugar cane. Carpentry also became popular. During that year, the town consisted of 280 homes, 2 squares, 8 streets and a school with 50 pupils.



  • Bajura Adentro[3]
  • Bajura Afuera
  • Coto Norte
  • Coto Sur
  • Manatí Pueblo
  • Río Arriba Poniente
  • Río Arriba Saliente
  • Tierras Nuevas Poniente
  • Tierras Nuevas Saliente


In 2012 Manati welcomed its first hotel, the Hyatt Place Hotel and Casino, that is scheduled to open in January 2014. The hotel broke ground in summer 2012. The hotel opened with 104 rooms, on March 5, 2014, alongside Casino Atlántico and a LongHorn Steakhouse ( Opened April 2014). Also the hotel counts with an outdoor swimming pool, 3 meeting rooms and a fitness center. The official name was Hyatt Place Manati & Casino <Hyatt Press>

Manati, is very popular for its beaches. Manati is part of the tourism district of Porta Altantico.

Landmarks and places of interest[edit]

Near Mar Chiquita Beach
  • The Acropolis Sports Complex
  • Biblioteca Nacional Francisco Álvarez [1]
  • El Salón del Poeta
  • Historic Zone
  • Los Tubos Beach
  • La Esperanza Beach
  • Mar Chiquita Beach
  • Marqués de la Esperanza Hacienda Ruins
  • Ruinas de la Oficina de la Central Monserrate
  • The New Manati Arena
  • Manati Baseball Stadium



Isidoro Colón established the "Candelaria" sugar mill in the years between 1860 and 1870, located between Manatí and Barceloneta.

Manatí is the pineapple center of Puerto Rico. In addition, grows in its surroundings fruits, sugar cane, and coffee.[2]


Current manufacturers in Manati include


Manati has 2 large private hospitals, Doctor's Center Hospital, and Manati Medical Center Dr. Otero Lopez (formerly the government owned Hospital de Area). Both hospitals also have large office buildings. There is also the smaller Municipal Hospital ( Newly Renovated, and expanded with a new four story building)

The area surrounding PR-2 is known for having many medical offices.


Manati has 3 high schools: Petra Corretjer de O'neill High School, Fernando Callejo High School, and the Escuela Instituto Tecnologico Recinto De Manati, the latter also serving as a technical institute.

Private Schools:

  • Colegio Marista "El Salvador" Manati.
  • Colegio De La Inmaculada.
  • Piaget Bilingual Academy.
  • Academia Discipulos de Cristo.
  • Colegio Hispano Americano.
  • La Reine Christian Bilingual School.

Manati only university is the American University of Puerto Rico, Manati Campus. There are several technical institutes, such as Instituto de Banca y Comercio, Atenas' College, EDC college and Dewey University.


Festivals and events[edit]

  • Patron Fetivities - February: "La Virgen De La Candelaria"
  • Cross Festivities - May
  • Beach Festival - July
  • Manatee Festival - July
  • Halloween Festival - October
  • Christmas Festival - December

Radio stations[edit]

Notable natives and residents[edit]

Due to space limitations it is almost impossible to list all of the people of Manatí who have distinguished themselves, therefore a category has been created to this effect:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Manatí, PR - The Athens of Puerto Rico." Eye Tour. 2011. Web. 7 Dec 2011. <>.
  2. ^ a b Rivera, Magaly. "Manati." Welcome to Puerto Rico!. 2011. Web. 7 Dec 2011. <>.
  3. ^

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